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02-16-2011 04:44 AM

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I am in the process of finishing up my current project which is a small box. I am trying a lot of “new” techniques (for me) on this box and the whole process has been a lot of fun. I noticed as I was working and listening to my iPod that certain songs/music just seemed to blend right in with the task at hand. Made me think, what music do others find “inspirational” while woodworking. For me, I found that listening to Derek & the Dominos, Key to the Highway made a tricky glue up just fit together perfectly…..Slowhand just made it easier.

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 04:47 AM

If I am working on wood – Country
If I am working on the bike – Classic Rock
If I am working on my wife’s nerves – Heavy Metal!!!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 04:49 AM

Simply Country.

-- Who can I block now???????????????????????

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 04:53 AM

Have never been a country music guy but two quick votes….might have to give it a try.

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 04:58 AM

Classical or Gospel.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 02-16-2011 04:59 AM

I love music. I love it so much that I am afraid I will be distracted while operating something with a spinning, flesh hungry blade. No music in the shop for me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 05:06 AM

I allways have the CD or radio going . It helps me slow down after a hard day at work. K-LOVE radio, you should try it out.

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 05:11 AM

anything and everything, I have a basement shop so it’s kinda hard to get a station in on the radio but most of the time I get 94.5, kiss 108, and I think 106.7. I have CDs too that I put on there old skool though 90’s mostly.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 05:21 AM

That’s a great question.

When I was pretty young, my dad would listen to a gospel radio station in his wood shop. I remember cutting out a duck on an old scroll saw and listening to a program called “The Children’s Bible Hour” from Grand Rapids, Michigan. 40 years later, I can still hear that program when I’m working in my shop.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 05:28 AM

Just as long as you don’t listen to “Peter and the Wolf” on a table saw without SawStop technology.


Seriously, I focus on the project, and wear earmuffs. Music can be right for the moment, and I really enjoy it, but I need muffs with music to make it right, and haven’t the dough for that yet.

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 05:36 AM

Talk radio, Golden oldies, big hair rock, country, jazz, blues—oughhh I like most all music but I cant get into what my teenage daughters listen to. You know I am beginning to understand my parents more and more. That in itself is scary. Thanks Dad. Mom I’ll put on some Dean Martin for you. ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 02-16-2011 05:39 AM

I use Work Tunes Ear Muffs and listen to my iPod. Rock and Roll from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, a bit of the 80’s. I always have music playing and it’s nice to get some ear protection from the Dust Collector and the other tools.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#12 posted 02-16-2011 05:43 AM

Really depends what I’m doing. For milling, it’s hard stuff like JET. For paring, I’m looking at James Taylor. For puttering, it’s NPR.

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#13 posted 02-16-2011 05:48 AM

I like both kinds of music….country and western

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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#14 posted 02-16-2011 06:00 AM

Rock And Roll. Mostly the heavy stuff since it’s the only thing that I can hear over the machines.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#15 posted 02-16-2011 06:50 AM

For us old codgers its hard to find music and anything else to listen to we like. I have finally solved this.

There is a website where old music and old radio programs abound and you can listen and download it all for FREE. It is the Internet Archive at The music is at, the old time radio is at If it isn’t here it doesn’t exist! I have downloaded enough stuff to last me for years! I put it all on CD-ROMS for use in the radio/player below.

Also, as my shop is in the basement I get complaints from upstairs if I play the radio loud or run loud machinery after about 10 PM. I’m a night owl and like to keep working. I can’t run machinery but I can still get a lot done if I am quiet. So I have purchased two items that make life enjoyable.

1. A boom-box style radio that can play MP-3 recorded CD-ROMs ($40)

2. A nice device made by Sony ($50) that plugs into the back of the above radio (earphone plug) and broadcasts (wireless) throughout the basement to a set of nice earphones I wear. I can listen to whatever I want as loud as i want and not disturb anyone. I can also walk around the shop freely without dragging a wire.

I now listen to great old jazz and Amos ‘n Andy all night long and work away!


-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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